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the little match girl passion (2007) 35'
Text by David Lang (after H.C. Andersen, H.P. Paulli, Picander and Saint Matthew)
4 voices (SATB) each playing simple percussion
Carnegie Hall Corporation and The Perth Theater and Concert Hall for Paul Hillier and Theatre of Voices
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David Lang is one of the most thoughtful composers working today. His music is consistently probing, emotionally urgent, strange, and beautiful. It is also getting simpler as the years roll on—a sign that the mind behind it is undergoing a kind of ritualistic purification. I’ve been obsessed with David’s music since I bought a recording by mail order of his piece cheating lying stealing when I was in high school, and I have written a piano piece called David Lang Needs a Hug…continue reading
Lost Objects (2001) 62'
music by Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe; Text by Deborah Artman
Sop, 2 countertenors, small chor, DJ, baroque orch, egtr, eb, perc, synth [all instruments and voices amplified]
The Carbon Copy Building (1999) 72'
music by Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe; Text by Ben Katchor
Cast: Ms, T, Bar, Bar/Ct; cl(bcl, cbcl, ssx)/perc/syn/egtr [all instruments and voices amplified]
Settembre Musica Festival and the city council of Turin, Italy, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Shelter (2005) 65'
music by Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe; text by Deborah Artman
3 Sop, fl, ob, cl, bn, hn, tpt, tbn, tba, pno, egtr, eb, perc, 2 vln, vla, vc, cb [all instruments and voices amplified]
The Next Wave Festival of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, musikFabrik and Kunstiftung NRW
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Death Speaks – Paul Hillier/Theater of Voices, Bryce Dessner, Shara Worden, Nico Muhly, Owen Pallett
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Little Match Girl Passion – Paul Hillier/Theater of Voices, Bryce Dessner, Shara Worden, Nico Muhly, Owen Pallett
Thursday, April 27, 2017
‘i lie’, ‘wed’, ‘head heart’, and ‘simple song #3’ performed by Theatre of Voices
Les Mans, France
‘the little match girl passion’ version for chorus receives German premiere
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Click to watch Paul Hillier conduct the little match girl passion (chamber version)
On Saturday September 15, Paul Hillier and Rundfunkchor Berlin give the German premiere of David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning composition, the little match girl passion in its arrangement for full chorus.
the little match girl passion, the winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in music is a 35-minute work for a quartet of singers each playing percussion instruments, co-commissioned by the Carnegie Hall Corporation and The Perth Theater and Concert Hall…continue reading